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My current growing areas, expanding soon!

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    Default My current growing areas, expanding soon!

    As I stated in a previous post, I've got the orchid bug bad. My current space is around my living room windows. Some get late afternoon sun, others just the bright from the sun.
    You can see they are all fighting for prime window access.

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    And I ordered a small lighting system that will sit on my ex-dining room table. We can eat anywhere!!!

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    And finally, I have decided to get rid of my futon in the second bedroom and put a 4'x4' table in with lighting for more orchids. Any over night guests will have to be willing to share with them!

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    My first light is in and now setup with orchids. I do need to get a tray to go under my plants. But not too bad for $75.

    It is a 24 inch, adjustable height Hi Output T5 flour lamp.

    Is this appropriate for phals? How about other orchids. You will see I have my non-bloomers under it at present along with my little catt.

    Sorry about the weird angle on the one image. It was the best angle to get the different view. That is my ex-dinging room table with mirrored wall behind.

    3 of those phals growing a new leaf.

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    I'm not an expert on lighting, my phals are mainly under regular florescent lights, I'm pretty sure they are T-5 shop lights. They have been growing just fine and are sending up spikes. I think the light is a little low, but it's not stopping them. I put nursery trays under my lights to keep from making a mess. I use my set up to start seeds for the garden in the spring.

    It looks like your phals are in pots that don't drain, is that true? I would keep them in pots that drain and let a lot of air in, their roots rot pretty easily. Other than that possibility, they look healthy as far as I can tell. I find them to be pretty forgiving.

    BTW, who needs a dining room table? Or a guest room??

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    I don't know if I'm qualified to answer your question on the grow lights. You may want to get a decent light meter and read up on the various light levels that different orchids need, especially as regards blooming. Cattleyas, Oncidiums, and Vandas are high in the light scale, meaning some bright direct sun or all indirect sun, but still bright (or equivalent). I believe for better blooming that most Dendrobiums need indirect bright sun. Lower light orchids would include your Phlaenopsis and most Bulbophyllum's. Most Encyclia's need as much light as they can take without burning leaves. This just gives you some examples of orchid light requirements. I'm hoping someone else will chime in on your light setup. Your certainly trying to make your orchids feel right at home! AL

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    Yes, my phals, being grocery store purchases, are loosely in the non-pierced pots. They have room around all the edges for air to get in. And I have had most of them (phals only up to a couple months ago) now for 6 months or more. At orchid class today, I am hoping to buy a couple of the trays they use with the cups for the orchid pots to reside in. Then they will not sit in pots unless they are in bloom and displayed.

    I am very careful with them. Continually on the lookout for trouble.

    Here are the roots of one of my phals that sits in one of those non-pierced pots. They are in excellent health!

    Thank you for your concern in this area. I am watching them closely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolla View Post
    It looks like your phals are in pots that don't drain, is that true? I would keep them in pots that drain and let a lot of air in, their roots rot pretty easily. Other than that possibility, they look healthy as far as I can tell. I find them to be pretty forgiving.

    BTW, who needs a dining room table? Or a guest room??
    I bought some good potting media yesterday and have been diligently at work repotting my s moss potted orchids.

    And yes, a couple of my phals did have some pretty bad roots inside the ball. After removing the bad stuff, all of them are now happy (I hope) in new potting material that won't rot them. All but 1 have active growth of new roots before I repotted. I still have 2 mini-phals to do, but they need a 3" pot that I don't have on hand. So many roots on those guys. That I am certain there will be no way to get them back into 2". I think I am going to try red terracotta clay pots for their next pot. I can get those today at my local garden center.

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    Here is a picture of the after re-potting, placed in a humidity and sectioned grow tray. The 3" clay pots are visible. Only one orchid left to repot to get it out of sphagnum moss. It is an oncidium. This is how it should be done, I think!

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    Congrats Harvey on a job well done!

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    They all look neat and as they should be. Very nice! AL

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    Harvey, your phals look amazing and very healthy.
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    Beautiful !!!!!

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